About Pediatric Pulmonology

Led by Alfin Vicencio, MD, the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology at Kravis Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing excellent and comprehensive family-centered care for young patients from birth to 21. Our pediatric pulmonologists treat the full spectrum of chronic respiratory conditions, and can offer secondary evaluations to patients with complex airway diseases, who have exhausted therapy elsewhere.

Multidisciplinary Care for Common-through-Complex Conditions

At Kravis Children’s Hospital, our pulmonologists offer vast expertise for patients with asthma in our Asthma Center, as well as treatment for other chronic respiratory conditions. These include cystic fibrosis, chronic cough, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, complex airway abnormalities, wheezing, and more.

Our multidisciplinary team works together to diagnosis and treat every pulmonology condition at all stages. In addition to the pediatric pulmonologists, our team is comprised of endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, allergy and immunologists, general pediatricians and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) experts. Social work services are also available for consultations.

Pulmonary Function Laboratory

The Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory, under the supervision of Diana Berkovits, utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to perform comprehensive testing, including:

  • Spirometry, a simple breathing test to determine how well air flows into and out of the lungs
  • Plethysmography and diffusion, tests to determine lung volumes and how well gas is transported from the lung into the blood
  • Impulse oscillometry, a test that can be performed in children as young as 3.5 years to determine if there is any small or large airway disease
  • Fractional excretion of nitric oxide, a test to indirectly measure a specific type of inflammation in the lungs
  • Methacholine challenge, a test to help diagnose asthma; this test is very helpful for patients with atypical symptoms

Bronchoscopy Suite

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology runs one of the most comprehensive flexible bronchoscopy programs in the region. In addition to “routine” procedures involving direct visualization of the airway and collection of fluid for analysis, airway and transbronchial biopsies are routinely employed. For very complex patients, specialized services including cryotherapy/cryobiopsy, balloon dilation, foreign body retrieval, laser/argon plasma coagulation, and navigational bronchoscopy are available and performed in close collaboration with colleagues from ENT and adult pulmonology.

Complex Asthma Clinic

In addition to “routine” asthma, the Division hosts a specialized clinic to diagnose and manage patients with asthma who are failing aggressive conventional therapy. Coordinated by Samantha Rose, PNP, the Complex Asthma Clinic routinely administers non-steroid based therapies (i.e. monoclonal antibodies) and actively runs study protocols (i.e. fungal-associated asthma) for the most severely affected patients.

For more information on Asthma Care, visit the Children’s Asthma Center.

Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment:

Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice
5 East 98th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-7788
Fax: 212-876-3255

Philips Ambulatory Care Center
10 Union Square East, 2nd Floor
Tel: 212-844-8300
Fax: 212-844-8338

Chest Clinic
1468 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Annenberg, 4th Floor
Tel: 212-659-8559
Fax: 212-876-3255


For billing questions, please call:
Tel: 212-987-3100

Mailing Address:
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box #1202B
New York, NY 10029

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